Sixteen accused persons that were charged to court for allegedly grabbing a businessman’s rice at Hagan Street, purported to be that of the Libyan donated rice, yesterday made their third appearance at the Freetown Magistrate Court No 4.
The local unit commander of the Eastern Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police Aiah Edwards Samadia, testified that on June 29 he was on duty when he heard people shouting outside.
He explained that he went out to see what was happening, and that when he came outside he saw a DAF vehicle, with registration no AAV 856, parked along Hagan Street loaded with rice and other items.
Continuing, ASP Samadia told the court that he saw people surrounding the vehicle with some onboard shouting “dis na free res na Gaddaffi e res wae den bring una kam take”
At this point, he went on, the driver was crying for help whilst those onboard the vehicle were trying to chart away the rice and flour.
He told the court of how he ordered arrests for those who were charting away the foodstuff.
ASP Samadia later identified the accused persons as those who were arrested and also those that were caught with the stolen items.
During cross examination B. Koroma, a lawyer representing one of the accused persons, asked ASP Samadia how they carried out their search.
He answered that the search was conducted by looking around for the exhibits.
The matter comes up tomorrow.